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Fall in Love with your Home All over Again: Week 2

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in for blog page | Comments Off on Fall in Love with your Home All over Again: Week 2

Last week I wrote about the first seven tips for falling back in love with your home. This week, I’d like to wish you all an early Happy Valentine’s Day and am pleased to bring you the final seven tips for the week: Sunday, February 8:  Saveur the Moment Nothing says love more than a nice good old, home-cooked meal. Make a point to slow down the pace of your day and gather the family for a nice Sunday dinner. Make it truly special by preparing a meal from a cookbook you have on the shelf or pull out an old family recipe. Go the extra mile to make it a true occasion by setting the table and adding a special centerpiece and enjoy the conversation with the ones you love. Monday, February 9:  Let’s Get Spicy We’re not talking cooking again, but spicing up your house with a bit of color could be just what you need this time of year.  Perhaps some new accent pillows with this season’s hottest color — Marsala. It’s been named the Pantone color of the year and the red earthy hue might just be what you need to add a little spice in your life – and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Tuesday, February 10:  Baking with the Kids Let’s face it, kids love cookies (actually, who doesn’t…) and what a better way to spend some quality time and teaching them how to bake.  Plan to bake some heart-shaped cookies after school one day this week and have them add their own little touches with sprinkles and frosting.  Don’t worry about the mess – just have fun! Wednesday, February 11:  Call it Puppy Love I have a couple of adorable dogs and couldn’t imagine my life without them.  Animals have such a way of showing us unconditional love; the best kind.  So, make sure you treat your pet special this Valentine’s week (and always) and show them how much you care by taking some extra time to be with them — buy them their favorite treats or a new toy, give them a bath or a good belly rub, splurge for a new bed or simply just snuggle with them on the couch. They won’t thank you enough. Thursday, February 12:  Family Night When was the last time you popped some popcorn, shut off all electronics and actually sat in the same room with the family to watch a good movie or play a game? Exactly. Well, pick a night that is good for everyone and enjoy each other’s company by having a “game night or a movie night.” Games like Clue or Catch Phrase are some of my favorites and are a great way to share quality time, fun, and laughs with the whole family – and don’t forget your pet – they are family too. Friday, February 13:  Go Glam Go the extra mile to add some glam!  Whether your Valentine’s plans involve a dinner out or a nice romantic dinner in for two, make sure you are looking and feeling your best.  Is there a nice dress or some special jewelry sitting in your bedroom waiting to be worn for that special occasion? Or would you like some assistance picking out the perfect outfit? Whatever you have planned, make it special! Saturday, February 14:  Be Sentimental It’s the day to honor your loved ones– whether you’re spending the day with the love of your life, your children, parents, pet or close friends, we can all do something special for Valentine’s Day.  Show your appreciation to those that brighten our...

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Valentine’s Recipes

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in for blog page | Comments Off on Valentine’s Recipes

Porcini Crusted Filet Mignon Recipe by Lisa Trojano Ingredients: 1 stick soft butter + 2tbsp                                                    2 chopped garlic cloves 3 tbsp. chopped chives                                                         3 tbsp. chopped parsley salt and pepper                                                                      2 oz. dried porcini mushrooms 8 ~ 1 inch thick filet mignons Preparation: Mix soft butter with herbs and garlic, put onto wax paper or saran wrap, form into cylinder and wrap in the paper and chill.  Process dried porcini in processor to a fine powder.  Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper and press beef in heavy saute’ pan over medium heat.  Add steaks and cook to desired doneness, about 6 minutes on each side for medium rare.  Transfer steaks to plates, cut a piece of the herb butter and place on each steak.  Can deglaze pan with a little red wine and pour over steaks.   Chocolate Soufflés Recipe by Lisa Trojano Ingredients: 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate                                                1 cup sugar 10 tbsp. unsalted butter (1 1/4 stick)                                 4 eggs pinch of salt                                                                           4 egg yolks 1/2 cup flour Preparation: Butter and flour ten 3/4 cup ramekins.  Melt chocolate and butter over pan of simmering water, stirring until well blended.  Remove and cool to lukewarm.  Beat eggs, sugar, yolks and salt until falls in a heavy ribbon when beaters are lifted (about 6 minutes).  Sift flour over this and fold in, then fold in chocolate mixture. Divide among ramekins (can be refrigerated or even frozen).  Preheat oven to 400 degrees, place ramekins on baking sheet and bake until puffed and begin to crack – about 18 minutes.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a strawberry if desired.   Pope’s Valentine Cookies from        ...

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Fall in Love with your Home All over Again: Week 1

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in for blog page | Comments Off on Fall in Love with your Home All over Again: Week 1

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. Of course, with interior design always on my mind I couldn’t help but think that now is the perfect time to fall in love with your home all over again. Take some time to reflect over the next couple of weeks to remember what makes a house truly a home. It’s not just the structure, how big or small, but how you make it yours…. the way you decorate, the memories you make, the things you collect, and the blessings that come from all those who enter and especially from those who live there. So, let’s celebrate all the ways to fall in love with your home all over again in the coming days leading up to Valentine’s Day – with some fun daily tips. Because after all, “Home is Where the Heart Is.”   February 1:  Love of the Game For the sports enthusiasts and foodies out there, today’s your day! The combination of both your love of the game and for cooking surely makes for a great day for entertaining. So, try some new football party recipes and enjoy your guests and Super Bowl Sunday … Go Pats! February 2:  Liven Things Up Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t have a lively garden inside. Bring some vibrancy back into your house by planting bulbs, like Jonquils, Hyacinths or Paperwhites, which will thrive indoors this time of year, or stop by the local market and pick up some brightly-colored tulips. It will surely bring a smile to your face by having just a touch of spring in the air… and soften the blow if we have another six weeks of winter in store! February 3:  Spruce up your Entryway Why not welcome your family and guests with a little love.  Small, but impactful, decorative touches will surely make your entrance feel warm and inviting for all those who enter.   We are very partial to wreaths – they aren’t just for the holidays!  A colorful bow, a seasonal accessory.  A wreath on your door will surely make your entrance look inviting and festive.  Change out your welcome mat.  A witty welcome always puts a smile on someone’s face, or a beautiful monogram will elegantly receive your guests. February 4:  Fabulous and Fresh Refresh your home and get a head start on your spring cleaning.  Go ahead and splurge… buy some new towels or invest in some new sheets – choose a high thread count if you want a real treat!  Take your comforter and window treatments to the cleaner.  Bring back the vibrancy of the fabric and breath easier without the dust and allergens.  These small refinements make a big difference in the look and feel of your home. February 5:  Pamper Yourself Remember to actually take some time for yourself to relax and unwind.  Grab some scented candles and relaxing lavender bath salts and take a luxurious bath in that great tub you had built (but never used).  When you head into bed on your new sheets you’ll truly feel pampered. February 6:  National Go-Red Day for Women This month is about the heart – not just about love, but also about vitality.  Today is National Go-Red Day for Women, the American Heart Association’s campaign to educate and raise awareness on Heart Disease.  Heart Disease is the number one killer in women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.  The risk factors and symptoms are not always obvious, so we all need to educate ourselves and our loved ones with ways to protect against this silent killer and...

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Three Tips to Refresh Your Home This New Year

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in for blog page | 0 comments

January is here, which means a slow-down from all the commotion of December as holiday parties dwindle and winter breaks come to an end. This month also marks the start of a New Year, which has become all but synonymous with making new resolutions and embarking on fresh starts. To that end, I always find this time of year to be one of the most rewarding when it comes to updates to my home. I like to take advantage of January’s lighter calendar to spend time refreshing the aspects of my house I normally overlook. In the end, I always feel accomplished and ready to tackle the New Year with flair. Here are my tips to get you started:   1. Out with the old… Why wait until spring to begin your spring cleaning? Get a head start by removing all of those items that have simply been taking up space this past year. To avoid getting overwhelmed, don’t try to tackle a whole room all at once. Set aside an hour or even ten minutes a day to focus on each space. Chipping away in small doses will make a big difference in the end (and help keep your sanity intact!).Begin with spaces that typically need de-cluttering like your closet, the office, TV room, or the kids’ play room.  Start with the obvious clutter first. For instance, if you have old receipts, paychecks and bills strewn across your desk, throw away or shred the ones you don’t need and organize the keepers. You can find storage solutions at virtually any department store, or you can make a fun craft project out of the process by decorating an old shoe box to keep the newly organized items.In the spirit of giving back, consider setting aside for donation the items that are still in good condition.  Organizations like My Brother’s Keeper, Big Brother Big Sister, or the Salvation Army are sure to appreciate your generosity. 2. Revive and Thrive I love taking something old and reviving it with new life. This can be as simple as re-arranging your furniture for a new take on your family room or picking a fresh color to paint your foyer. You can get more creative by adding unique items to your décor like a rustic lantern as a lighting fixture instead of a typical chandelier.  I also love the idea of repurposing objects for something unusual that ends up being both useful and decorative – like using an old ladder for shoe storage, repurposing shutters as a wall organizer, stacking old benches to make unique shelves, or using a basket as a small table.  These projects are a great way to make the most of what you have while simultaneously decorating your home with character and charm. 3. …In with the new Take some time to refresh your living space with updated décor. Take a mental inventory of what’s currently adorning the inside of your home. Does it work with your motif? Is it current or is it a bit outdated? Simple updates are often the best ones, like adding a mirror to an otherwise empty wall, or bringing the feelings of the season inside your home with festive garnishes. A first impression speaks volumes, so start by giving your entry way a fresh look to greet guests. A wreath is a timeless way to remain stylish and current. The Hampton Wreath, for example, provides a yearlong backdrop for all your seasonal designs. In fact, The Festive Wreath System allows you to effortlessly accessorize the Hampton Wreath for all seasons. It provides an easy-to-use...

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Happy Holidays from The Festive Home

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in for blog page | Comments Off on Happy Holidays from The Festive Home

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us and that 2014 is coming to a close. I am excited and thankful to be spending the holidays with my family, and would like to extend a festive holiday wish to all of my family, friends, customers, retailers, and supporters of The Festive Home. May the new year bring you much joy!  ...

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